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Chapter 10: How to keep children healthy

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The most important ways to keep all children healthy are to give them lots of love, nutritious food, and safe water to drink, along with taking care to prevent childhood illnesses. Children with HIV need extra attention to these same things, plus ART to treat their HIV. This is because their ability to fight illness is weakened by HIV.

To help children avoid illness, especially children with HIV:

  • give them more food.
  • take extra care with cleanliness.
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  • notice and treat illnesses quickly.
  • give ART and other medicines that prevent illnesses.
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Mercy, what a cough! Are you well? You seem hot.
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  • help them feel loved, accepted, and cared about.
  • support mothers and others who young children depend on to survive.
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This page was updated:27 Nov 2019